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parental responsibility | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Not about cryogenics

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An unusual and tragic family law case hit the headlines last week, regarding the last wishes of a terminally ill teenage girl (JS) to be cryogenically frozen after her death. She hoped that one day, after a cure for her cancer was found, she might be woken up and resume living her life. We know now that JS has sadly died, and that her wishes were indeed carried out, but the question of under what circumstances the family court got involved has been misconstrued, so we thought we’d take a closer look. In the full decision on the case which…

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Parental responsibility and responsible parenting

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The concept of parental responsibility for children is one of the core principles of family law. Parental responsibility means the legal rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority a parent has for a child and the child’s property, and a person who has parental responsibility for a child has the right and obligation to make decisions about their care and upbringing. (If you want more information about who has parental responsibility automatically and how it can be acquired, click here.) The law now makes clear the attitude of the family courts for years: that children benefit from both parents being in…

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We’re all going on a summer holiday

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The days are getting warmer and longer, the shops are trying to sell us barbeques, bikinis and sunscreen. It can only mean one thing: the few weeks of the English summer are nearly here! Yippee! Wimbledon, Pimms and holidays are just around the corner. So with holidays in mind, we thought a timely blog about holidaying overseas with the children if you are separated might be useful. If you want to take a child out of the jurisdiction of the Family Court (i.e. England and Wales) for a holiday (including to Scotland!), then you will need the consent of anyone…

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